PEOPLE AROUND TOWN
What’s your job?
Retail, managing Valley Life Vintage and Homewares store nestled in Ovens on the Junction to Mt Hotham and Falls Creek. What brought you to this role?
My parents owned an antique shop in Bright many moons ago. Having been a certified interior designer at RMIT and working in real estate, my passion for interiors drew me naturally to this role. What do you love about it?
I love the people and the stories of their vintage wares. I love being on the road and never quite knowing who I am to meet and what their collection will be. What do you do in the community?
We occasionally donate our time looking after the children of the Burmese adult learning class students who are taught by my mother, Vicki Sparks, in Bright.
What’s the most significant current community issue for you?
Transport for our local and broader community I think is important. Myrtleford doctor James Wei and his wife Denise are doing a fabulous job creating an opportunity for our residents with the Alpine Taxi trial.
What do you think the community could do to help during the trial?
Simply get behind our new taxi service, take advantage of it, in the anticipation that the trial moves to a permanent service for the valley. My father is one of three drivers and I’m proud he is involved in the initiative.
If the person you’d most like to meet came to Alpine Shire, or was already here, who would that be and what would you show them?
The younger Gary Ablett. I’m a mad Geelong supporter, but I know he would have an appreciation for the area, as it was his father’s old stomping ground. I would take him to our local vineyards, Myrtleford football oval, Lake Buffalo and of course Mount Buffalo.
Why would you show them those things?
We have a huge selection of vineyards with exceptional locally-produced food, why not have a kick-to-kick with my son, a legendary player, and get the community involved at the Myrtleford club.
Lake Buffalo is a fantastic spot to enjoy through the summer period and Mt Buffalo has the best rock formations that just take your breath away. What book are you reading? I am currently reading ‘Big Little Lies’, by Liane Moriarty.
What do you love about living where you do?
I enjoy the seasons of this beautiful valley – it really puts on a magnificent show. My son and I make full use of the bike track and love the fresh local produce that’s on offer. The friendliness of the people really makes this place home.
LOVES LIFE: Kate Sparks and son Finn Lindsay-Field love the beauty of the Ovens Valley, its diverse fresh produce and Murray to Mountains Rail Trail.